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Marcus Robertson (Abu Taubah) June 2013: (I Call on You to Aid Me in this Hardship)

Bismillah, Al-hamdulillaah and Sallallahu wa Sallim ‘ala Nabbiyillaah wa Ba’du
From Abu Taubah
To the Muslims,

As-Salaamu ‘Alaykum wa RaHmatullaah

I personally, and from the bottom of my heart thank you all for the amount of support you’all continuously show me and my family. Jazaakumullaahu khayran. Your support has enabled us to retain legal services of Attorneys Corey Cohen and Daniel Brodersen.

Cohen and Brodersen have excellent credentials and came highly recommended. They believe in our case and because of that have worked out a payment plan different from their normal practice.

I am asking you all to help me pay these men. Some people think that now that we have retained them, the job is done. No, it is not like that. Rather, now that we have gotten them to agree to take the case, we have to pay them for their expertise and services. As you all know, a good legal team is costly but a poor legal team costs even more. I invoke my right as your muslim brother and call on you all to aid me in this hardship.

I remind you all with what comes in the word and tafseer of ayah 177 of Baqarah. “It is not righteousness (Birr) that you Jews and Christians turn your faces in prayer to the East and the West. Rather Righteousness consists of believing in Allaah, the Last Day, the Angels, all of the Scriptures and all of the Prophets. And that even though you love and need money yourself, you still give it in charity to help Relatives, Orphans, the Needy, Travelers who need help getting home, those who Solicite funds for acceptable causes, and for helping Free Slaves and Prisoners. Furthermore, Rightenous people make it their business to offer Salaah five times a day, to Pay the annual Zakaah, to keep their word when they give it, to fulfill their obligations honestly and are Patient under the pressures of poverty, sickness and in the face of danger. These are the ones who have been faithful to Righteous Beliefs, and these are the ones who have taqwaa.”

O my Brothers and Sisters, you all know that I am not a terrorist and that I have never promoted terrorism. So please help me to prove that in court. I ask you all to be patient with me during this Fitnah for as believers we can expect a lot of good out of one difficulty. Their Promise of Allah is True. Let us seek Allaah’s Forgiveness and renew our intentions to be people of Taqwaa. I thank you all again and again and include you all in my private duaas.

Your brother Abu Taubah
Wal-Hamdulillaahi Rabbil-aalameen

Marcus Robertson #201100011051
John Polk Correctional Facility
Seminole County
211 Bush Blvd
Sanford, FL 32773


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Abu Taubah’s Imprisoned Voice: What Have I Taught You? [Letters Needed before July]

 UPDATE: Abu Taubah’s hearing is scheduled for July 2013

If you have already sent a letter, please resend with signature and testimonial clause (see below). If you have not sent a letter… do it now!

As the United States government aggressively seeks to redefine the constitution and its relation to Islam, many prominent Muslim theologians and students have fallen victim to increasingly hostile prosecution against religious beliefs. Abu Taubah’s recent arrest and other such test cases challenging religious and political freedoms, portend a bleak future for all Muslims in the West.
In Abu Taubah’s own words:

(Transcript found here)

Write your testimony today!

  • Read what Abu Taubah is asking of you
  • Explain how Abu Taubah’s teachings reflect a striving towards the authentic practice of Islam
  • If you are able to, cite specific classes or seminars in which you have grasped the meaning of Abu Taubah’s message and teachings
  • Define key vocabulary such as “sunnah” and “salaf” and concepts such as “seeking knowledge”, “learning Qur’an”, or “performing Hajj” in light of what Abu Taubah himself has taught
  • Share how Abu Tuabah’s educational endeavours have had a positive impact on your life and spirituality
  • Affirm the non-violent, practical, holistic, and positive nature of the “Each One Teach One” approach
  • Refrain from unnecessarily criticizing the blatantly prejudicial application of law
  • Even if you have never attended a class by Abu Taubah, but have had the opportunity of hearing a lecture online, or viewing a recorded khutbah, elucidate to the best of your ability on the Islamic concepts you have garnered from his own words
  • If you are unfamiliar with Abu Taubah, read a short biography of him or watch this inspiring interview.
  • Make sure letters have at the end with this testimonial clause:
    I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct.
  • Please be sure to sign the letter (physically or upload a digital signature), and if you can, get it notarised.
  • Each letter should be written this way  and is to be treated as though the writer is an ACTUAL witness in a federal court of law. Any other letter, the prosecution can call hearsay and dump the letter.

Posted by on June 3, 2013 in Campaigns, Videos


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Marcus Robertson (Abu Taubah): February 2013 (On The Inside)

Chapter One

As the prisoners file into the chapel, their eyes are scanning the congregation for possible friends and foes. Then, once deciding whether to go right or left, they rush off in their chosen direction to greet their associates from the other cell blocks Speaking in hushed tones, they pass on messages and news from loved ones in far away places. I’m standing in the heart of the chapel by the podium, greeting everyone as they come in.

“Come in brothers! You can sit anywhere you want. As-Salaamu ‘alaykum. Peace, Peace. Yeah maan, you can sit wherever you want. Don’t worry about it; we won’t get started until everybody finds a spot.”


In Prison, people come to religious service for different reasons. Sure, some come to pray and some come searching for the truth, but most come to see their people, or to get out of the cell for an hour or two.

It’s almost time. Everybody’s finally sitting down. Some half-facing each other, some leaning back and others on the edge of their seats: all whispering, smiling and enjoying each others company. Looking around I realize that I don’t know these guys from Aadam. I am a stranger here.

Out of the thirty or so men in this room, only about five of us are Muslims. And two of them are New Shahaadas. So where do I start with these men? They are quite aware of the nature of their crimes. But if you were to ask them, “How could you do such things?” They will explain that they have sold drugs to the most respected Preachers. And have seen too many “Church Ladies” turning tricks to pay their bills not to do such things. In their world, they are normal men trying to survive in a system that has little concern for them.

I recognize that they have seen a lot, but what I don’t know is what they understand about Islaam. Which leads me back to the question of: where do I start with these guys. Hmph, I’m getting a queasy feeling rolling about in my stomach. Steady, steady, it’s time to start, take a breath…

Rabbish-raH-Lee Sadree”
My Lord give me the right inspiration,” whispers out of my mouth.

wa Yas-sir-Lee amree
and make this easy for me…

waH-LuL ‘uQdataM MiL-Lisaanee…”
“and untie the knot in my tongue…”

Yaf-Qahoo QawLee.”
“so that they can relate to what I’m talking about.”

Then, raising my voice just above the friendly commotion, I say:

“Bis-millahir RaH-maanir Ra-Heem. My name is Wahshee and I’m going to be teaching the class today.”

Nothing. Most are not paying attention, caught up in conversations much more interesting. When a scattered few give me the, “Go ahead, you’re not interrupting us” nod. I feel a smile growing uncontrolled on my face. I can’t help it. Class is in session… and I love it.

I begin, “AL-Hamdulillah, Getting locked up is almost like dying… only better.”

The low rumble ceases. “Every man in this room knows what it feels like to get locked up right?”    Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Habsiyya, Prose by Marcus Robertson


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Marcus Robertson (Abu Taubah): May 01, 2013 (This Simple Action Will Change Our Lives)

Bismillah walHamdulillah wa salaatu wa salaamu ‘alaa rasulillah.

As salaamu ‘alaa man attabi-ul hudaa. I have been in solitary confinement since November 2012. I am kept in a concrete cell with no mirror and no window. The strong, bright lights that glare from the ceiling never dim or go out. A video camera records me 24 hours a day. I never know what time it is and this has caused me to become a nervous wreck when trying to figure out the times for Fajr and Magrib. WalHamdulillah. All of my mail, legal papers, books – including my Quran have been confiscated. Only a small portion of my legal papers have been returned- a nominal amount to support the claim that they returned something.

What has happened? Towards the end of RamaDaan 2011 I was arrested for constructive possession of a firearm and a conspiracy to submit a fraudulent tax return. Both charges are exaggerations of events in order to enhance me to a terrorist. The government has not officially charged me with terrorism, however they have used a clause to enhance the charges to acts of terrorism.

A young Muslim went about bragging to an undercover FBI agent that he wanted to go overseas and fight Jihad and wanted to die on the battlefield and that he learned these things from me. And it is for this reason that they claim that they are prosecuting me. Claiming that I am a recruiter for al Qaeeda and a terrorist trainer.

In support of their claim they are using as proof that I encouraged the young man to make ‘umrah- they say that this was to cleanse his soul in order for him to become a suicide bomber. They are also using the young man’s statements to the undercover agent- which I had no knowledge of nor was I present for when he stated them – and a video wherein I am telling some students that are memorizing the Quran that they are to be real mujaahideen in preserving and protecting the Quran.

As for my legal standing, I have had 6 attorneys thus far. All of whom have quit except the last one who was removed by the judge when he put forth the motion requesting that the prosecution provide proof of their claim. This is when they placed me in isolation. I have seen my new court appointed attorney very few times.

I believe that I can be cleared by bringing forth witnesses, my writings and my works. But that takes organization. Someone to present the facts in a legal format. And this is what I am not able to get done.

AlHamdulillah I would like to thank all the people who are supporting me, helping my family or just going through this with us. Jazakumallahu khayran it is encouraging. I am, walHamdulillah bi khayr and pleased with Allah as my Lord, Islam as my way of life and Muhammad as my prophet.

Please note that we were moving progressively when we were studying Quran, Arabic and fiQh and that this was such a disturbance to the kuffaar that they have gone so far as to label me a terrorist. I think that my most dangerous statement has been to encourage everyone to recite 10 pages of Quran everyday. And this simple action done consistently will change our lives.

This walHamdulillah,
Abu Taubah


Marcus Robertson #201100011051
John Polk Correctional Facility
Seminole County
211 Bush Blvd
Sanford, FL 32773

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US Mailing Lists Updated: These are Days of Golden Oppurtunities

During these blessed ten days of Dhul Hijj, we strive to weigh down our scales with that which is pleasing to our Lord.

An easy and fruitful way to increase in our beneficial deeds is to send Eid greetings to an imprisoned brother or sister. Addresses can be found here. To find out more about how you can deposit sadaqa directly into an inmate account, see here.

Wrenched from their families and communities, the ever increasing percentage of our Ummah confined behind bars will Insha’Allah appreciate this small token of brotherhood.

Of note in this month’s update is that our Smiling Somali has been transferred to New York, away from the only community he has ever known since his confinement in America.

Quazi Nafis (not listed) was arrested Wednesday in an entrapment scheme; his family lives in Bangladesh and will most likely be unable to see him.

After being assaulted by a guard and silenced in ADX five months ago, Ahmed Ajaj has returned to USP Marion where the attack took place, along with former Marion residents Ehsanul Sadequee and Wali Shah.

Ismail Royer has been moved out of Florence ADX along with Adham Hassoun.

Ziyad Yaghi is launching an appeal to his conviction and may finally be out of isolation.

Rezwan Ferdaus will be sentenced on November 1 and is expected to receive a 17 year term and is currently being housed in the Wyatt Detention Center.

Although Abu Hamza is only allowed to use his prosthetics for a limited time daily, he is to be fitted with new arms at an unknown time in the future.

It’s unclear how Mustafa copes during the times he’s without his fake limbs. He has appeared in court handless and helpless, the rounded ends of his arms — both cut off shortly after the elbows — in plain sight.

Jose Padilla has been transferred to Miami perhaps in connection with ongoing lawsuits concerning torture although an appeal was rejected earlier this summer.

Nidal Hasan will face court martial for the 2009 shooting at a military base after an appeals court ruled that his beard will be forcibly shaved for the trial.

Colleen LaRose faces a possible life sentence in December after pleading guilty over a year ago.

Mahamud Said Omar, extradited from the Netherlands, is the first Somali to go to trial (another 11 or so plead guilty) in the ethnically targeted sweep known as “Operation Rhino.” He was found guilty on 5 counts and faces a life sentence although no sentencing date was set.

18 year old Mohammad Hassan Khalid pleaded guilty earlier this year, and will be sentenced in late November facing a 15 year sentence; his family has been visibly absent at court proceedings.

The trial for drug-related charges for Amir Muhaddith (aka Loon) has been moved from October to December.

Trial for Imam Abu Taubah has been postponed indefinitely.

As always, remember them and their families in your duas, and be sure to let us know of any returned mail, incorrect addresses, missing prisoners, or updates you would like to share.

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Posted by on October 21, 2012 in News Items


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Jonathan Paul Jimenez Faces up to 18 years; Trial for Abu Taubah Still Pending

After years of investigating a supposed international terrorist training ring, it appeared that the Justice Department had finalized charges against Imam Abu Taubah (aka Marcus Robertson) and student, Jonathan Paul Jimenez. A March 14th indictment (now superceded) against the two Central-Florida Muslims culminated in unsurprisingly banal charges of tax fraud.

The outrageous claims to “train in violent jihad” are based on recorded conversations between Jonathan Jimenez and a FBI informant embedded in the Orlando-based community. In the undated conversations embellished with ”yo”s and “grizzie,” it is alleged that Jimenez boldly claims, among other things, that Abu Taubah had commented on the permissibility of engaging in suicide bombings under certain circumstances and targeting US generals in warfare.

Besides the unreliable quality of hearsay in question, Jiminez’s attorney described the exchanges as verbal “chest bumping” in efforts to impress his new acquaintance, the generous informant.  Later in September 2011, a month following the arrest of Abu Taubah for possession of a firearm (a charge he pleaded guilty to in January 2012), Jimenez was questioned over the phone by the FBI.

Considering that the informant’s recordings were made prior to the FBI interview, the questioning was designed specifically to intimidate and entrap Jimenez. An agent repeatedly asked Jimenez,  “Have you ever told anyone” a variety of possibly incriminating information about himself and Abu Taubah, instead of directly asking about the authenticity of the claims made on the recordings.

It is clear from Jimenez’s responses that he fails to realize that the questions pertain to whether or not he has discussed the issue with another person and not about the issues themselves.  For instance, in the following excerpt, the agent does not ask Jimenez whether or not Marcus Robertson taught him how to shoot a firearm, yet Jimenez perceives the intent of the inquiry to be such and answers accordingly:

Agent: Have you ever told anyone that Marcus Robertson or Abu Taubah told you that he was going to teach you how to shoot?

Jimenez: No, not at all, sir, he never taught me how to shoot and, uh, like I said, I wasn’t, you know, he had me there for strictly, you know,  studying, and that’s mostly what I was going around, you know, so…

Unwilling to corroborate wild accusations of Abu Taubah’s alleged training, the 28 year old Jimenez was himself arrested March 19, 2012. Five months later, he pleaded guilty to one count of fraud and one count of making a false statement on August 28, 2012.

And though our casual dismissal of another ‘terrorist’ case could end here, Jimenez’s plea reveals issues more disturbing than his own punitive prosecution. It provides grave insight into the serious tone of the allegations against Abu Taubah and the desperation to realize his long term imprisonment.

Indicative of the Islamophobic nature of federal investigations overall, the indictment incredibly cites “reading the Quran, and learning Arabic” as some the sinister activities involved in the purported training.

Additionally, the DOJ press release claims “Robertson [Abu Taubah] stressed that Jimenez needed to focus on the religious aspects of his training,”  a strange and slippery piece of evidence that can only lead to establish any type of religious practice as training for terror.

Other skills allegedly “necessary to participate in violent jihad overseas,” included learning martial arts, shooting a BB gun and wielding a knife.

One can perhaps formulate a frightful fantasy where the entire US government and armed forces are brought to their knees by a single high-kick and knife jab, but this selection of circumstantial activities can hardly fit the advertised “violent” training that endangers US lives, domestic and abroad.   Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on October 11, 2012 in News Items


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The Struggle to Explain Jihad & Hijjrah: Naseehah from Our Beloved Brother Abu Taubah

‘Ustadh Abu Taubah has been indicted with a new IRS charge. That moves the sentencing date farther off until at least June. May Allah keep him and our family patient as this is taking its toll on our children as well as you all. Barakallahu Feekum.’
Umm Taubah

Please continue to support Ustadh Abu Taubah and his family firstly with your sincere and heartfelt du’a but also by means of your wealth by donating to his defense and support fund which goes towards not only helping with the costs of his legal expenses but also towards supporting his wives and children who are being deprived of the fiscal and physical support of their loving husband and father. And also by means of your self, spending of your time and efforts in taking action to help his family and secure his freedom. 

Please continue to support Abu Taubah and his family by writing letters explaining the basic principles of faith as taught by Abu Taubah and by contributing to his family.

And do not forget him & his family in your du’a 

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Posted by on April 19, 2012 in Campaigns, Videos


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